Boston City Council Weighs Withholding Funds From MBTA

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Should the city stop paying the MBTA until service gets better?

That's the focus of a resolution before the Boston City Council Thursday.

The City of Boston pays almost $86 million to the state to run the MBTA every year.

City Councilor Michelle Wu, active on transit issues, says she'd really like a seat at the table with T officials to decide how that money is spent—something the city hasn't had since the Fiscal Management Control Board was created in 2015.

"There is now an open question about what the government structure of the T should be once the FMCB expires, I think in 2020 or 2021," Wu said. "I believe cities should have a direct voice, whether it's through a vote or through a designated seat on a governing body."

The MBTA plans to increase fares starting this summer.

WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports

 

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